Some Back to School Items

Dear Families

We look forward to seeing you next week!  Here are a few reminders:

  1. A reminder of our new bell times – our day starts at 8:40 a.m. now.  Supervision will be available as of 8:25 a.m.
  2. All students Grade 1 – 8 start Tuesday September 7th at 8:40 a.m.  Teachers will meet classes out back.
  3. JK visits will take place on Tuesday September 7th, all SKs start Wednesday September 8th. Kindergarten Teachers have been in contact already.
  4. You will find out your child’s teachers name through School Cash Online later this week when you receive your September start up forms.
  5. You do not need school supplies as the board is providing them once again for everything the students need. You just need indoor shoes, a water bottle and a litterless lunch.
  6. If you are thinking of putting your child in extended day – you must register now as there is a two week waiting period before they can begin.
  7. Please check STSWR website for new bus pick up times and to confirm your Route number.

Have a great last week of summer holidays and long weekend!

  • North

 

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Welcome Back Letter from Director Notten

   August 26th, 2021

Dear WCDSB Community,

The last days of summer are winding down and we know that everyone’s thoughts have turned to the return to school.  We cannot wait to welcome all our staff and students back!  We hope you have had a safe, restful and enjoyable summer.  This letter brings a few important updates about our return and provides a link to a much more detailed overview of our Operational Guidelines.

Return to In Person Learning

All schools will be open this September and St Isidore (our virtual school, for those who enrolled last June) will operate dedicated classes at the elementary level.  We will use a hybrid model in secondary for those students who have selected online learning for this year.  For our elementary students, their classroom is their main cohort, but students will be able to access specialized supports where needed.  In secondary – it will be a 2 period day.  Each class will be 150 minutes, with a 40 minute lunch in between.

Vaccination

On August 17th the Government of Ontario announced that they (and we by extension) will implement an immunization disclosure policy for all publicly funded school board employees and licensed child cares.  For those staff who cannot attest that they are fully vaccinated, they will be completing regular testing before reporting to their school or workplace.  The Chief Medical Officer of Health and Waterloo Region Public Health also strongly endorse all students ages 12 and older to access vaccination.

Masking

Students from K to 12 will continue to wear masks.  An exemption form is required for any student in grades 1 to 12 who is unable to wear a mask.  We will be strongly supporting this precaution, as Public Health and provincial guidance suggests that outside of vaccination, it is our best strategy to promote a healthy and safe environment for all.  We ask you to work with us to support students in understanding why we wear a mask and how to do so safely.  Those requesting an accommodation under the Human Rights Code should submit their exemption request to their school Principal.

Hand Hygiene and Distancing

We are pleased to share that there will be more access to resources and learning materials.  We will take a cautious approach but students will be sharing more objects within their classroom and have access to our learning commons spaces (libraries), so hand hygiene and distancing will remain important practices.  School staff will work with students to reinforce the strong habits that ensure a robust and safe learning environment for all.

Daily Screening

All staff and students are still required to complete daily screening, using the Ontario School Screener.  The tool is being updated to reflect the new protocols and we will share it and post it in our Operational Guidelines as soon as it is available.  This request is extremely important.  Any individual who is symptomatic should not come to school, even if they believe it is not COVID-19.

Lockers, Lunches and Recess

  • The use of lockers and cubbies will be permitted this year. Once again hand hygiene will be critical, students must be masked at all times in these areas and there is a 5 minute time limit at a locker and students should avoid congregating.
  • In secondary there will be some limited use of the cafeteria for selected classes; other students will have the option to eat in their classroom or leave the school building for the lunch period. There will be no food service in the secondary cafeterias.
  • Students in K-8 benefit from their breaks, activity and social time at recess. Masks do not have to be worn outside for recess, but it is always an option to do so.

Learning Kits for next year

Finally, just a short word to say that as shared last spring, we will be providing students and families from grades JK – 12 with WCDSB Learning Kits.   It is a small way to ensure heath and safety, while saying to you that you matter to us!  We value your faith in WCDSB and we cannot wait to welcome you back!

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are ensuring a safe and happy return to school.

We are truly looking forward to a year that allows us to embrace a renewed love of learning, within our faith-based communities.  We remain every grateful for your continued support and remain ready and willing to assist you as we transition back to what will undoubtedly be a #WCDSBAwesome year!

 

Sincerely

 

Loretta Notten

Director of Education

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Back to School #1

Dear Families

We hope you had a relaxing summer. We are slowly getting back into school and I wished to share a few items with you.

  1. Please review the end of school newsletter for important information. The WCDSB is still in draft of our new CoVid Policy and will share it via newswire. The information from the ministry is fluid and we are still waiting on some final details.
  2. School Council has provided a couple of links for some back to school shopping they feel will be helpful. The first is a fundraiser through factory shoes, where the school gets a kick back for every pair of shoes you buy. Please click on this link: SCHOOL FLYER-Blessed Sacrament  The second is for Mabel’s Labels.  When our child was in school we ordered these and labelled all of his items. This ensured we got all of his clothing back. Here is a link if you wish to order some labels which would be very helpful all around to return to clothing and items to the rightful owner. https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/
  3. Lastly our school is part of a bussing pilot project, where our school buses will have seat belts.  Here is a letter with more information:  Seatbelts letter to parent 2021

Again, we hope you have a restful last couple weeks.  More information will be forthcoming as we receive it.

Mr. Petrella

By |2021-08-24T10:14:04-04:00August 24th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Back to School #1
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